Apple Black Friday Price Guide – Get the lowest prices, updated live

It’s Black Friday and we’ve got the best deals from around the web on Apple products and accessories. Although most of the Apple Store prices (which we stumbled upon a few days ago) are moderate discounts, some are actually the lowest we could find, especially in iPads and accessories.  We’re updating all day long so come back early and often…and don’t forget to check 9to5toys.com.


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 Model Retail Apple BF MacMall Amazon BestBuy  Misc.
 MB Airs 11″ Air 2GB/64GBcBook
Air
$999 $898 $938.99 $954
$849.99
11″ Air 1.6GHz 128GBok Air $1,199 $1,098 $1,139.99 $1,098
 $1139.99
13″ Air 1.7GHz 128GBok Air $1,299 $1,198 $1,197.99 $1,230
 $1230.00
13″ Air 1.7GHz 256GBok Air $1,599 $1,498 $1,497.99 $1,550
 $1550
 MB Pros 13″ 2.4GHz MB Pro $1,199 $1,098 $1,097.99 $1,054.09
 $1050  2.3GHz $999
13″ 2.8GHz MB Pro $1,499 $1,398 $1,397.99 $1424.99  $1429.99
15″ 2.2GHz MB Pro $1,799 $1,698 $1,697.99 $1709.99  $1709.99
15″ 2.4Ghz MB Pro $2,199 $2,098 $2,058.99 $2059.99  $2059.99
17″ 2.4GHz MB Pro $2,499 $2,398 $2,348.94 $2299.99   $2299
Desktops:
2.3GHz Mac Mini $599 $599 $564.99 $594  $568.95
2.5GHz Mac Mini $799 $799 $759.99 $769  $769
2.0GHz Mac Mini Server $999 $999 $959.99 $972
21″ 2.5GHz iMac $1,199 $1,098 $1,097.99 $1156       $1049
21″ 2.7GHz iMac $1,499 $1,398 $1,397.99 $1398  $1419
27″ 2.7GHz iMac $1,699 $1,598 $1,597.99 $1598  $1607
27″ 3.1GHz iMac $1,999 $1,898 $1,894.95 $1895  $1895
iPods
8GB iPod Touch $199 $178 $189.98 $190  $145*  $184 MC
32GB iPod Touch  $299 $268 $274.95 $275  $275  $260 MC
64GB iPod Touch $399 $358 $364.95 $364  $365  +$40GC
Nano 8GB $129 $118 $121.99 $122  $125
Nano 16GB $149 $138 $139.99 $141  $145
Classic $249 $249 $228.00  $229  $245
iPads
16GB Wifi  $499 $458 $454.99  $75 GC 
32GB Wifi $599 $548 $544.99
64GB Wifi $699 $638 $654.99
SmartCover Poly $39 $28  $39
Smartcover Leather $69 $58  $69
Misc: Apple Digital AV adapter  $39  $39  $29
Apple Thunderbolt Display $999 $999  $959  $929 MC
Apple TV $99 $99  $94.99 $89.99  $89.99  $89.9 MC
iTunes Gift Cards ($100) $100 $90  varies $80
Wireless Keyboard $69 $58  $69
Magic Mouse $69 $58  $69
Magic Trackpad $69 $58  $69

Apple Store Refurbished items come with Apple’s one year warranty and are as good as new. AT&T has 64GB iPad 3G for $479. DailySteals has a 16GB iPad for $280 (refurb).  iPhone4 16GB Refurb is $49 with activation, Frys has $25 off of current iPhones

Software:

  1. Microsoft Office for Mac is $70 at Amazon or $100 for the Family Pack
  2. Parallels is $35 PLUS you get $40 off Windows when you buy Parallels, VMWare Fusion is $28
  3. Adobe Photoshop Elements $48 at Amazon, Premiere Elements:  $50, Lightroom Student Teacher :$89 Full Version $100 CS5: $289
  4. Quickbooks 2012 is $125
  5. Toast 11 Pro $80

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Grand Central Apple Store temporary frontage revealed (video)

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The wraps are coming off of the Grand Central Apple store frontage to reveal a ticker sign according to our morning commuter tipster.   The screens move like flipping letters of the old Grand Central timetables.  The design is reminiscent of Apple’s Green Monster Facade at the Boston Store.

A construction worker on the scene said that the store wasn’t going to be opening any time soon, reiterating a comment from yesterday.  Apple had originally hoped to have the store open for the Black Friday shopping rush, but now rumors are floating around of Friday, December 9th.

Another angle and more signage snaps below — including video.  Thanks Michael Ortega from Stamford, CT and others!

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Grand Central Apple Store employees told today that the store would have to wait another week

It appears that Apple isn’t satisfied with the progress on the Grand Central Apple Store and is postponing the opening at least a week perhaps more.  Clearly, Apple would have preferred to have another huge venue open for Black Friday but we’ve been told by a GC Apple employee today that they’ve been told to continue working at other New York Area Apple Stores during Black Friday weekend.

Last weekend, a group of employees was told that the opening announcement was scheduled for today and Apple was going to try to open for Black Friday.

On the other hand, it is good to have an abundance of Apple Store workers on hand at the other NYC Apple Stores for the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

We’re sorry we got your hopes up and we’re still hoping to see the store open next week.

Update: Mashable spoke to a construction worker who has said as much.

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Ron Johnson: How I built the Apple Store on experience, not commissions

Ron Johnson, the CEO of J.C. Penney and the former senior vice president for retail at Apple, ran a guest post detailing his Apple tenure over at the Harward Business Review blog, accompanying a monster interview which appears in the December 2011 issue of the Harvard Business Review magazine.

Apple doesn’t owe its success in retail to shiny products, he said. “You don’t need to stock iPads to create an irresistible retail environment”, he said. “You have to create a store that’s more than a store to people”. Even though Apple products can be purchased for less elsewhere, people visit Apple’s stores for the experience, not products, he argued:

People come to the Apple Store for the experience — and they’re willing to pay a premium for that. There are lots of components to that experience, but maybe the most important — and this is something that can translate to any retailer — is that the staff isn’t focused on selling stuff, it’s focused on building relationships and trying to make people’s lives better. That may sound hokey, but it’s true. Read more

Retail update: Redesigned Knox Street store re-opens Friday, new store launches in Spain’s tourist town of Marbella

As Apple’s former retail chief Ron Johnson sets its sights on re-inventing the shopping experience at the J.C. Penney department stores and the search for his replacement continues, the Cupertino, California-headquartered gadget designer isn’t resting on its laurels. Future plans call for continuation of an aggressive retail expansion that includes 40 new stores during fiscal 2012, thirty of them outside the United States. Read more

Grand Central Apple Store, the biggest in the world, scheduled to be announced this Tuesday

Update: We’ve been told there has been a delay.

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We reported on the construction progress of the future Apple grand Central store earlier this month and have since received further information and pictures from our  trip to the location and from the tech blog, Techfootnote. Both sources grabbed shots of the upcoming Grand Central Apple Store as it was actively being worked on Friday, November 18th.  There were dozens of construction workers and corporate reps putting the final touches on the future store.  In the images you can see what looks to be several large hanging boards.  The boards are hung on large hooks, which would make it easy to pull off and reveal what is behind the boards.

9to5Mac has heard that Apple will officially announce the opening of the Grand Central Apple store this Tuesday and presumably pull the black boards to reveal the announcement.  This store garners extra special attention because it will be Apple’s largest in the world by square footage and resides in a building where 750,000 people pass daily and over 1,000,000 people during the holidays.  Check out our previously posted spyshots of the location for a sneak peak of the store.

The Grand Central Apple Store will have little over 300 employees, which are currently training in other local NY Apple stores.  All Apple retail employees will be attending a holiday-focused (policies / loss prevention) meeting tonight.

From what we have now heard, Apple will be filling the store with stock and applying the finishing touches this week putting the  the actual opening of the store on Black Friday or shortly thereafter.  The goal all along has been to get the store open for the holiday shopping and to make a big splash with Apple’s new crown jewel of retail.

Wall of Monitors spied between pillars, right, Video of the store space below (more here):

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Apple gets ready for the holidays early with the new Holiday Gift Guide

With this year’s holiday season looming, the online Apple Store is ready with the new Holiday Gift Guide section. Holiday gift ideas include Apple’s most popular mobile devices and computers as well as a hand-picked selection of third-party products, add-ons, device accessories and even fashion cases to carry your products around in style.

The gadget maker teases:

All kinds of gifts for all kinds of lists. Shop the season’s finest accessories for iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Mac.

All products on offer in the Holiday Gift Guide come with free shipping, Apple notes. And with gift wrapping and free personal laser engraving, plus in-store pickup, it gets even better. If you were planning on making anyone’s season bright, including your own, shop the Holiday Gift Guide section over at the online Apple Store. Or just use the updated Apple Store app to shop from the palm of your hand or use the self-checkout option in-store.

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Apple Retail to construct “Express Lanes” during overnight tonight

We have just learned that Apple retail stores are having an “overnight” tonight to setup new Express Lanes.  Apple has used these express lanes in the past to provide holiday shoppers a fast track to purchase Apple products and accessories.  The zone are typically staffed with several Apple Specialists and stock popular laptop models, every iPad and iPod model.

The fact that Apple is using the express lane again this year is a bit interesting because the new Apple Store app was released today, which adds self-checkout and in store pickup.

Alternatively, the brand new Hong Kong Apple store is so busy that it has a year-round express counter (above). Several tipsters have confirmed the overnight and hinted that there may be more in the coming weeks. Don’t get too excited though, this doesn’t mean new Apple products are on the horizon.  Subsequent overnights will probably used to install holiday marketing materials; large banners, easel poster, and device screen-savers.  Two more Express Lane images below… Read more

Apple Store Grand Central closer to opening

Apple is beginning to prepare for the upcoming holiday shopping season by putting the final touches on several retail locations and reinventing the way their visitors buy Apple gear.  Most notable is opening up a flagship store in New York’s iconic Grand Central Station.  Why is Grand Central such a big deal, especially when there are already Apple Stores in New York in affluent neighborhoods?  Here are some quick facts on Grand Central:

  1. 750,000 people pass through Grand Central daily and over 1,000,000 people during the holidays
  2. Mean household income for Grand Central Terminal commuters is $95,800; 50% of household incomes are over $100,000, and 20% are over $200,000.
  3. The captive shopping population of more than 326,000 neighborhood office workers earn a combined $11.3 billion a year.
  4. An average 7,500 people an hour pass the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, making it one of the busiest intersections in the city.
  5. 21.6 million out-of-town tourists, with a mean income of $62,000, visit Grand Central each year.
  6. Grand Central is served by Metro-North commuter trains, 31 commuter and 15 city bus routes, 7 subway lines, buses to and from the area’s three airports, and two million taxis a year.
  7. Grand Central Terminal subway station is the busiest stop in the New York City subway system.

The future Grand Central Station Apple Store is progressing towards an end of November opening.  Future employees for the store have been going through their “Core” training for the past several weeks at a hotel in Times Square, Midtown Manhattan… Read more

Apple’s 5th Avenue Store closes as the wraps come off the Cube

Update: Here it is! (Thanks Dapper!)

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Thanks Marty!

Apple has just started closing down its 5th Avenue Store which is usually open 24/7/365 where patrons are filing out of the GM building entrance.  It is preparing for a grand re-opening at 10am tomorrow where a newly-designed $6 million cube will be unveiled.  The number of panes in the cube will drop from 90 to just 15 (3 per side).

We’re simplifying the Fifth Avenue cube. By using larger, seamless pieces of glass, we’re using just 15 panes instead of 90.

Apple will spend the next 12 hours getting the store ready according to the 5th Avenue Store web page.

Attention:We’ll be closed starting at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 and will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 4.

Apple began pulling the wraps off of the 5th Avenue Store Cube upgrade project this evening.  The above pictures shows the new seamless glass panels that will eventually look like this artist’s rendition, below: Read more

Apple’s 10-K report: Ad spending grows to $1B, Employee growth over 20%, R&D up 36%

Apple issues its 10-K report with the SEC at the end of every fiscal year and this year’s (via MacRumors, TNW) is full of growth. Numbers grew across the board from the end of fiscal 2010 to 2011:

  1. Full time employees went from 49,400 to 60,400. Retail was the bulk of that which went from 25.6K to 36K.
  2. Retail Stores up 40: 317 to 357.
  3. Ad spending up 35% from $691 million to $933 million.
  4. R&D spending up 36% to $2.4B.
  5. Leases 7 million square feet of building space 3 million of those are for retail.
  6. Apple owns 584 acres of land in various locations (including a future solar farm in North Carolina).
  7. Finally, Apple ended the year with $81.6B in cash, marketable securities and cash equivalents.
Much more here.

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